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Lakes Wales, Fla., Little League Wins Junior League Softball World Series Championship

KIRKLAND, Wash. (Aug. 20, 2005) – The 2005 Junior League Softball World Series was won by the team representing the South Region from Lake Wales (Fla.) Little League, which defeated the Southwest champions from La Grange, Texas, 4-0 at Everest Field in Kirkland, Wash.

The final day of the tournament began as the semifinal game between the East Region champions from Milton, Pa., and the eventual World Series champions, had to be completed from Friday night. The game was suspended due to darkness after the teams had battled through 11 scoreless innings. Nicole Smith pitched 10 innings and Larissa Luu pitched the final two for the East team. The South’s Hanah Rogers (four innings) and Mimi Ward (eight innings) pitched for Lake Wales.

With two outs, in the bottom of the 12thg inning, the South’s Tabitha Marlin scored the winning run.

In the championship game, the Florida defense was error-free and Rogers struck out eight batters, allowing only four hits in the seven-inning game. The Lakes Wales offense had nine hits against La Grange’s starting pitcher, Katelin Wolff.

Opening ceremonies included Kirkland Mayor Mary-Alyce Burleigh and former players from the Women’s Professional Baseball League depicted in the movie “A League of Their Own” – Rose Folder Powell and Jeneane Lesko.

All the teams participated in a night at the Kirkland Teen Center with karaoke, dancing, food, and games. The host team from Redmond, Wash., organized the event. More great food and fun was had by all at the awards banquet where the teams performed songs and/or dances they had practiced during the week.

Here are several action photos from the games of the 2005 Junior League Softball World Series in Kirkland, Wash.